Aug 13, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]



3 Credit Hours

Student Level:

This course is open to students on the college level in either the freshman or the sophomore year and to area high school students.

Catalog Description:

CAP1516 - Computer Applications (3 hrs)

[KRSN CSC1010]

This course is designed to develop students’ computer literacy and to meet the needs of students in the associate degree programs. Students will be introduced to the operating system, hardware configuration, security threats, and ethical and social standards relative to information and technology.  The student will learn from hands-on experiences basic skills in file management utilities, word processing, spreadsheets, database management, and graphical presentations in the Windows environment.

Course Classification:



Basic computer skills and keyboarding ability, CAP1730 Beginning Computers and/or OFT1611 Keyboarding for Computers may be recommended.

Controlling Purpose:

This course is offered to make students computer literate and meet the needs of students in the associate degree and/or certificate programs.

Learner Outcomes:

The student will demonstrate use of the computer for word processing, spreadsheet analysis, graphics, database management, data selection, data storage and retrieval, and communication, along with performing basic operating system functions. The student will analyze information, select proper format, organize information, and generate and assess output. The student will learn from hands-on experiences, by utilizing programs in a graphical user interface.

Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:

The following defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other content as time allows.

UNIT 1: Technology Overview

Outcome:  The student will demonstrate essential computer skills and will be introduced to the operating system, hardware configuration, security threats, and ethical and social standards relative to information and technology.

  • Differentiate between an operating system and applications
  • Describe various input options, output options, and file storage options
  • Explain the purpose of a browser, a search engine, and an online social network
  • Differentiate the Internet from the web, and describe the relationship among the web, webpages, websites, and web servers
  • Discuss digital security risks associated with viruses and other malware
  • Perform basic mouse operations
  • Identify the components of the Microsoft Office ribbon
  • Download files and extract from zipped folders
  • Perform file management tasks
  • Create folders and understand the hierarchy

UNIT 2: Word Processing

Outcome: The student will develop the ability to perform a variety of basic word processing functions.

  • Enter text into a document
  • Import clip art into a document and format
  • Change the font style, size, and appearance of text
  • Spell and grammar check as you type and find and insert synonyms
  • Create, modify, and insert building blocks
  • Move text using the cut and paste and the drag and drop method
  • Use shortcut menus to accomplish context-sensitive tasks
  • Create headers and footers in a document
  • Change line spacing, margins, indents, and before and after paragraph spacing
  • Create footnotes in a document
  • Insert citations and create a bibliography
  • Use Word Count
  • Use and modify styles
  • Find and Replace text
  • Create custom tab stops
  • Create and format tables

UNIT 3: Database

Outcome: The student will develop skills in creation and management of databases.

  • Design the structure of a table
  • Add fields and records to a table
  • Print the contents of a table
  • Create a form to enter and view data
  • Create a report
  • Create and run a query
  • Use a query to display selected fields
  • Use a variety of criteria in a query, including wildcards, comparison operators, parameter queries, and compound criterion
  • Use calculations in a query
  • Join tables in a query
  • Create a crosstab query
  • Import and export data from and to other applications
  • Customize the navigation pane

UNIT 4: Spreadsheets

Outcome: The student will perform a variety of tasks to demonstrate their general knowledge of spreadsheets and their functions.

  • Select a range of adjacent or nonadjacent cells
  • Apply automatic math functions to create formulas
  • Copy formulas in a worksheet
  • Change the formatting of numbers and fonts
  • Create a chart using default and custom selections
  • Change the width of columns and the height of rows in a worksheet
  • Create and rename additional sheets
  • Preview and print a workbook, using various print options
  • Display and print cell formulas in a worksheet
  • Apply conditional formatting
  • Change worksheet margins, header, and page orientation
  • Create formulas using absolute cell references
  • Use the NOW, IF, AVERAGE, MAX, and MIN functions
  • Perform what-if analysis and goal seek

UNIT 5: Graphic Presentations

Outcome: The student will attain the skills necessary to create a slide show presentation.

  • Select and apply themes to graphic presentations
  • Create and edit slides with titles, subtitles, and text
  • Change the default font styles, sizes, and appearance of text in slides
  • Design, lay out, and create a slide presentation
  • Apply the slide, outline, notes, and slide sorter views
  • Insert clipart and photographs into a presentation and re-size them
  • Add a header and footer to slides and outline pages
  • Apply transitions to slides
  • Run an animated slide show
  • Print a presentation as handouts
  • Change slide layout
  • Format slide backgrounds using texture fill or pictures
  • Add shapes and WordArt and format them
  • Add audio and video media to slides

Projects Required:

The student will save and submit required lessons.


Contact Bookstore for current textbook.

Materials/Equipment Required:

Computer, printer, and software

Attendance Policy:

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size:

Based on classroom occupancy

Course Timeframe:

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission, and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching, and assessing the educational aspects of the college. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time. The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

The learning outcomes and competencies detailed in this course meet or exceed the learning outcomes and competencies specified by the Kansas Core Outcomes Project for this course, as sanctioned by the Kansas Board of Regents.

Students with acceptable prior experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint may substitute CAP1517 Advanced Computer Applications for CAP1516 Computer Applications to fulfill the computer literacy requirement.

Students without basic computer skills are encouraged to take CAP1730 Computer Applications/Beginning Computers, as a prerequisite to CAP1516 Computer Applications.

Students without keyboarding skills are encouraged to enroll in OFT1611 Keyboarding for Computers.

Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

Disability Services Program: 

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability. If a student has a disability, which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.